“God Bless America” banner comes down at Pittsburg Post Office

(Photo Courtesy: The Joplin Globe)

PITTSBURG, Kan. (AP) – A post office in a southeast Kansas city has removed a “God Bless America” banner after an organization complained the banner violated the principle of separation church and state.

The Joplin Globe reports the Pittsburg post office removed the banner Wednesday after hearing complaints about it from the Wisconsin-based Freedom From Religion Foundation. The foundation has also been trying to get Missouri sheriffs to remove “In God We Trust” bumper stickers from department vehicles and “In God We Trust” from U.S. coins and currency.

Pittsburg postal workers paid for the 12-foot-long vinyl banner after the 2001 terrorist attacks.

A spokeswoman for the U.S. Post Office says the postal service took the banner down because postal policy prohibits the placement of notices on postal property unless they’re official government notices.

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